Indigenous Leader Arthur Manuel Passes Away At Age 66

The Shuswap National Tribal Council has confirmed reports of the passing of Arthur Manuel.

A Facebook post says that Manuel passed away on Wednesday at the age of 66, surrounded by friends and family.

He was known for his work as an advocate and author, and had previously served as Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band, as well as Tribal Chairman for the Shuswap Nation Council.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C Indian Chiefs said in a Thursday statement that Manuel was "without question, one of Canada's strongest and most outspoken Indigenous Leaders in the defense of our Indigenous Land and Human Rights."

Early info suggests that the Adams Lake gym in Chase will be the site of a wake on Friday and Saturday, with services to be held on Sunday.